Terrified by ‘The Evil Within’ + Hands-On Impressions!

Thanks to play testers we learn a lot about our games that help us make a better project. Specifically with The Evil Within, we’ve also received plenty of entertainment value. In our latest trailer for the game, watch actual reactions from playtesters as they get their hands on the game for the first time.

The Evil Within will now terrify players right in the thick of Halloween season – releasing on October 21st in North America, October 23rd in Australia, and throughout Europe on October 24th, 2014. With your pre-order of the game, you’ll receive The Fighting Chance Pack, which includes:

  • Medical Kit – A vital health enhancement to enable Sebastian to fight on.
  • Green Gel – Used to upgrade Sebastian’s attributes.
  • Double Barrel Shotgun and Three Shells – A larger and more formidable shotgun than the regular shotgun, it’s useful for tight situations with multiple encroaching enemies.
  • An Incendiary Agony Bolt – Capable of showering nearby enemies with damaging fire sparks.
  • A Poison Agony Bolt – Will draw enemies towards it and poison them, allowing Sebastian time for a quick escape.

For more on the game, check out these fresh hands-on impressions that went up today…

Gameplanet –“The Evil Within looks set to herald a frightening and exhilarating new dawn for survival horror.”

Joystiq — “The game is trying to unsettle me, and it’s doing a pretty good job of it. Just as I catch my breath, Spider-Girl bursts out of what was a harmless looking corpse, and now I have to run.”

MMGN –“The Evil Within is survival horror in its truest form, and the return of a once great genre I feared was lost to the mass market addicted to relentless action.”

Shacknews — “The Evil Within’s approach to survival horror feels vintage, in a good way. Limited resources help add to the tension and there are also some genuinely scary moments. The combat also helps add to the horror environments, with firearms meant to subdue, not dominate.”

Videogamer — “Having played it for a couple of hours it’s become clear that he’s close to achieving his goal: namely, returning to the horror staples he helped define in 1996 with Resi, and obliterate in 2005 with Resi 4.”

PC Gamer — “As someone who counts Resident Evil 4 among their all-time favourite games, The Evil Within has an extra layer of significance for me. ”

Polygon — “It feels like a game that builds upon what Mikami is best known for — survival horror — while taking the genre into a new direction, one without the restrictions a legacy franchise like Resident Evil carries with it. ”

Telegraph UK — “The Evil Within is shaping up to be the terrifying and triumphant horror comeback for Resident Evil creator Shinji Mikami.”

GameReactor —  “It’s the Japanese survival horror evolved.”

GameCrate — ” I was wearing a Gear Fit when I played, and had it record my heart rate right after I left the demo. My normal resting heart rate is 75 beats per minute…and after an hour and a half with The Evil Within, it was 117.”

Expert Reviews — “After 2 hours it felt like we were only just scratching the surface and were left wanting more.”

Neoseeker — “The time I spent with The Evil Within might very well be the longest two hours of my life, and that’s okay. As the survival horror genre makes its comeback, Shinji Mikami appears to have taken the opportunity to show he’s still a master at his craft.”

Bloody-Disgusting — “The Evil Within is a great horror game.”

AusGamers — ” Lights out, volume up and all alone — I may be white-haired and frail once the experience is over, but to be taken back to that place Mikami created oh-so long ago…”

The Sydney Morning Herald — “Fans of old school horror should be looking forward to this one.”

The Escapist — Watch Andrea Rene’s reaction to playing the game in the video embed below…

 

Weekend Update: Polygon explores the journey of Shinji Mikami

From developing the SNES  adaptation of Aladdin to a whole new world — Shinji Mikami became the king of survival horror. During your weekend, head to Polygon and read Matt Leone’s feature, “Shinji Mikami and the Fountain of Youth”. The article chronicles his career and focuses on the youth movement he believes is important for the success of Tango Gameworks and the games they develop.

As announced last week, Mikami’s latest game, The Evil Within, releases this summer on August 26th in North America and across Europe on August 29th

Read “Shinji Mikami and the Fountain of Youth”  and read others stories from around the web…

That’s all for now. Enjoy your weekend!

Be Still Your Heart, Valentine

We’ve got a little red on us to this Valentine’s Day thanks to Laura from The Evil Within. Isn’t she just to die for? Don’t let your Valentine squeeze the life out of you.

Have a “I’d take your arrow to my knee” Skyrim valentine? Maybe a Dishonored “Blink into my heart”? Exchange your valentines with us by linking them in a comment below or by sending them to bethblog@bethsoft.com.

The Evil Within emerges onto to shelves August 26th, 2014 as announced earlier today.

Here’s wishing you a very Happy Valentine’s Day.

The Evil Within Release Date: Evil Takes Hold in August


Announced today, we’re happy to share news that The Evil Within, the new survival horror game from Tango Gameworks (led by Resident Evil’s Shinji Mikami) will release on Tuesday, August 26th in North America and three days later (August 29th) in Europe.

To celebrate the occasion, for the first time we’re showcasing the game’s final packaging in the Vine above.

We’ve got much more coming on The Evil Within. Discuss the game in our forums and be on the lookout for news and updates on our Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram, and Twitter accounts.

Terrifying new images for The Evil Within

As we near Halloween, we thought we’d share new screens and concept art from The Evil Within. We have a new concept piece and screenshot of the butcher shown in our recent gameplay video, as well as the first in-game screenshot Boxman.

For more Boxman, check out our 3D model we released as part of our “Thinking Outside of the Boxman” Halloween Sweepstakes with Wikia. If you missed the models, check them out after the break.

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‘Thinking Outside of the Boxman’ Halloween Sweepstakes at Wikia

In the spirit of Halloween, we have partnered with Wikia for a new sweepstakes centering around Tango Gameworks’ 2014 survival-horror game, The Evil Within.

Entry into the sweepstakes is simple. On Wikia’s blog post for the sweeps, share your The Evil Within-inspired Halloween costume or fan art. To get you started, the embed above features a web-friendly 3D model (uploaded on Sketchfab) of one of the game’s most iconic creatures, Boxman. Go crazy trying to recreate the look… or throw a box on your head.

Entries into the sweepstakes will give you a chance to win prizes like an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 graphics card and a The Evil Within poster signed by the father of survival horror, Shinji Mikami!

Looking for more inspiration? Check out official and fan-created contributions on TheEvilWithin.com, as well as the game’s TwitterFacebook, and Tumblr pages. Additionally, you can check out an additional 3D model of Boxman below.

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The sweepstakes runs between today and the most hallowed of evenings (October 31st). For official sweepstakes rules, visit Wikia.com.

The Evil Within – Extended Gameplay Video

Following the EuroGamer Expo livestream from yesterday, today we have released an extended gameplay video for The Evil Within. Developed by Shinji Mikami and the talented team at Tango Gameworks, The Evil Within embodies the meaning of pure survival horror.

Detective Sebastien Castellanos and his partners are called in to investigate a gruesome mass murder. After witnessing a mysterious force slaughter his fellow officers, Sebastian is ambushed and knocked unconscious. When the video opens, he finds his world has been turned upside down. Facing unimaginable terror and fighting for survival in a world where hideous creatures wander among the dead, Sebastian embarks on a frightening journey to unravel who or what is behind this unimaginable evil.

The Evil Within is in development for the Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and PC and is slated for release in 2014. For more details on The Evil Within visit: TheEvilWithin.com.

The Evil Within – TGS Trailer

Tokyo Game Show is this week, and to celebrate the affair, we’ve released a new trailer for The Evil Within. As you all know by now, the game is being developed by Tango Gameworks — led by the father of survival horror, Shinji Mikami.

Stay tuned to the blog, as well as Facebook.com/TheEvilWithin and @TheEvilWithin, for more on the game. And don’t forget to check the game’s first livestream next week during the Eurogamer Expo.

Win a signed poster for The Evil Within

This week on the NVIDIA GeForce Facebook page, fans have an opportunity to win one of seven The Evil Within posters — signed by Shinji Mikami (center, Game Director), Naoki Katakai (right, Art Director), and Masato Kimura (left, Producer) — as part of their 14 Days of GeForce sweepstakes.

In addition to the posters, one lucky winner will receive a MAINGEAR Rush PC powered by a EVGA GeForce GTX 780, while two others will win the GeForce GTX 780 card.

To enter and learn the sweepstakes rules, visit the GeForce Facebook page.